Chapter 25:

Chapter 24 – Don’t tell me what my limits are

Reincarnated with an omniscient grimoire

I should have bought weapons with the money I don’t have.Bookmark here

I managed to instinctively defend myself from whatever tried to have a piece of me using the grimoire but it wasn’t pretty.Bookmark here

The pastor just looked on in dismay. I showed him the finger.Bookmark here

Raynard has been right, the zombies actually have been infused with a spell. We tried fighting back, but were only mildly successful.Bookmark here

The spell used appeared to be the same one, used before they were awake. And no-one has been able to break it, so, yeah. This sucks.Bookmark here

“I think it’s time for plan B!” I shouted through the sounds of zombies hissing.Bookmark here

Raynard and Aurelia were basically jumping around the room, evading the attacking horde. I couldn’t do more than smacking them with my grimoire. It wouldn’t be able to actually hurt them, but at least we could get some space.Bookmark here

“And how are we gonna do that?” Raynard asked.Bookmark here

“I don’t know, Aurelia can’t you just punch that gate open?”Bookmark here

“I’ll try.”Bookmark here

She jumped into the air, probably doing so by using magic and then flipped backwards midair. Her feet hit a wall behind her and she kicked herself towards the gate.Bookmark here

The pastor ducked away towards the side, when she soared towards the gate next to him, not making an attempt at stopping her.Bookmark here

She landed on both of her feet, sliding over the floor and using the momentum to ram both of her fists into the stone.Bookmark here

Only a loud bang and repressed curses.Bookmark here

The gate didn’t budge.Bookmark here

“If you really thought you could remove one of the gates of the gods by sheer force, I’m sorry, but how reckless can you be?” The pastor mocked her, which maybe was a bad idea.Bookmark here

Aurelia clenched her fists.Bookmark here

“Look, if you think I’m pissed, you’re right. If you think, you’re what’s pissing me off, that’s also right. So please stop that mockery, it’s getting you nowhere, only near my fists,” she said and broke his nose.Bookmark here

How very sexy of her.Bookmark here

He backed off, somehow still retaining his balance, but bending over to let the blood drop onto the floor.Bookmark here

“Fuck! Ahh! What was that for?” He screamed.Bookmark here

“Wha- Excuse me?!” The princess now also was shouting. “What could this possibly be for, you poor excuse of a priest?” She was livid and ready for another punch.Bookmark here

She extended her right fist. He caught her midair.Bookmark here

He squeezed her fist and began pushing her back.Bookmark here

“You caught me off guard, I’ll give you that.” In a swift motion he extended his other palm forward, pushing her off using magic and then jumping back himself to get some distance between them.Bookmark here

They were now exchanging punches, windy blows and other sweet magical nothings, all in front of my escape plan.Bookmark here

“Nathan,” Raynard who was busy fending of the zombies called out to me.Bookmark here

“Huh?” I sort of snapped back and looked at him.Bookmark here

“You need to open the gate,” he said.Bookmark here

“But I can’t!” I exclaimed. “I already tried.”Bookmark here

“Yes, but that was just because you did not pronounce the spell quite right, wasn’t it?”Bookmark here

I just looked at him with a blank expression, shoving another zombie aside.Bookmark here

“Just, please, try it. If you try it as often as possible, maybe you’ll get lucky. Please, it’s the only way!”Bookmark here

I gave him a determined nod.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.” I began chanting.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

This drew the pastor’s attention towards me.Bookmark here

“You,” his fight with Aurelia came to a sudden halt. “You speak the ancient language?”Bookmark here

I tried not to be irritated, and just continued chanting, trying to use various possible pronunciations.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

[>> Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.<<]Bookmark here

What?Bookmark here

[Try to mimic it.]Bookmark here

Now that’s something, the grimoire actually tried to help me with the spell.Bookmark here

It was helpful, but also really overwhelming. I chanted, mimicked the grimoire and fought off the zombies at the same time. My head hurt.Bookmark here

Suddenly the pastor tore towards me. I stumbled backwards, breaking of the chanting in the process.Bookmark here

“Shit.”Bookmark here

“Oh no, you won’t!”Bookmark here

Aurelia launched herself against the pastor, taking him down and pinning him against the floor.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

I kept chanting.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

Adora, god of matter, hear our prayers and open thy gate, open thy gate to hear our prayers.Bookmark here

Until finally ...Bookmark here

A light seemed to erupt from the tip of my tongue, breaking the horde apart and piercing the gate on the opposite side of the room. It disappeared into particles of light.Bookmark here

That was it.Bookmark here

I shoved the zombie in front of me out of the way, and sprinted toward the gate.Bookmark here

I had to warn the villagers.Bookmark here

I glanced behind and saw a few zombies following me in my path one after another and I tried to speed up.Bookmark here

I reached the gate and broke into the fresh air. The sun was already setting, but that did not matter at the moment.Bookmark here

I looked back again and saw a few zombies having followed me outside.Bookmark here

Suddenly Raynard appeared in front of the gate, spreading his arms, as if to shield it from something.Bookmark here

“Raynard,” I shouted, because I was pretty sure, just standing in front of the gate wouldn’t work.Bookmark here

Until I saw the other zombies crashing against an invisible wall.Bookmark here

Raynard tilted his head a bit toward the side and gave me a thumbs-up.Bookmark here

“Hopefully this’ll buy us time,” I muttered out loud for some reason. The only ones that could hear me were the five zombies that were slowly closing in on me, while I left the clearing, and dashed through the bushes.Bookmark here

I tried to speed up.Bookmark here

Everything hurt.Bookmark here

My head, my legs, my back.Bookmark here

If this was what dying felt like, it wasn’t very pleasant. Though definitely better than being torn apart by one of those things.Bookmark here

If I could I’d let my legs rotate like a wheel to get some speed, but I was already at my limit.Bookmark here

So, are there any strategies to escape this situation?Bookmark here

[None.]Bookmark here

Don’t give me that crap! There’s gotta be something.Bookmark here

[Nothing.]Bookmark here

What?! There’s gotta be a speed spell or anything!Bookmark here

[...]Bookmark here

So there is something!Bookmark here

[You wouldn’t be able to use the spell without depleting all of your mana.]Bookmark here

Is there a chance I could reach the village in time?!Bookmark here

[Yes.]Bookmark here

How?!Bookmark here

[The most efficient method would be to use an aerial spell-]Bookmark here

Show me!Bookmark here

The spells information was immediately loaded into my brain.Bookmark here

I had only one shot at this.Bookmark here

The zombies were closing in.Bookmark here

I stretched my hand out behind me. I could feel fingers reaching out for, not-so-gently grazing my skin, probably wounding me slightly. I didn’t notice.Bookmark here

I gathered every inch of magic my body could provide me with into my open palm, concentrating on replicating that exact sensation th grimoire showed me.Bookmark here

And a burst of air left my hand, blowing away a zombie yanking my hand into the air. Not only was this spell using lots of mana it seemed to also be physically taxing, as I tried to control the stream of air.Bookmark here

It took a lot of effort, but after a few seconds I pushed more of my mana into blowing air from my palm, and pushed myself high into the air. When I actually surpassed the trees, I cancelled the spell, flying another dozen meters at insane speed. The headwind made my vision blurry.Bookmark here

[Your mana is reaching critical levels.]Bookmark here

I tried looking behind me to find the zombies, but my vision was so bad, I only recognized the trees and grass below me as a dark green blur.Bookmark here

Just after I began sinking, I concentrated on that spell again to give me another boost.Bookmark here

I think I could see the village and the river in the distance.Bookmark here

The next moments were an obscure blur. After the second boost my nose started bleeding and the grimoire notified me, that I have used up all of my mana. I think. I couldn’t concentrate on the message, really, yet I somehow managed to repeatedly boost myself into the air, and each time it felt like someone stabbed my brain through the nose.Bookmark here

It was a steady up and down and it made me sick honestly.Bookmark here

That’s when I spotted a commotion in the center of the village and I decided it was best to just let myself fall onto the ground.Bookmark here

I crash-landed on the dry earth, near the commotion that was seemingly cause by Shelly and Misha. Somehow no-one has noticed me flying towards the village, but when I landed I immediately drew all the attention to me.Bookmark here

“Guys, the pastor... he has... done the spell. He’s coming for the village.”Bookmark here

I tried standing up, but I realized the feeling in most of my body was gone. Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure, if what I said was any more than just a weird slurring.Bookmark here

I saw Shelly running towards me and my vision twisted and tilted until I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer.Bookmark here

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